How much time should I spend working out?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Current recommendations advise exercising for 30 minutes a day, three days a week -- but is that enough to lose weight? In this video, Dr. Oz and his expert panel reveal how much exercise it actually takes to shed those extra pounds.
Sadie Lincoln
Sadie Lincoln on behalf of barre3
How frequently you should exercise to lose weight depends on what sort of exercise you are doing and for how long. Building a sustainable and realistic routine is the best approach to fulfilling your fitness and weight loss goals. In our barre3 studios we encourage clients to come to class at least three times a week if possible to maximize results. Ensuring your workout is complemented by a healthy eating plan is also vital when looking to lose weight.

It is recommended that for general health, you workout 3-7 days per week for a total of 30-60 minutes per day. The frequency and intensity really depend on your level of fitness and your health status. For youths, it’s recommended to workout for 60 minutes per day, whereas seniors are recommend to workout 30 to 60 minutes in 8-10 minute bouts. Plan on daily dedicating an hour to physical activity and maintaining your health!

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
To lose weight and stay healthy, shoot to exercise three times a week, performing a 20-minute workout to strengthen your muscles and then stretch them. If you want to break it up into smaller sessions, pick and choose as you like, but always try to match the strengthening and stretching exercises for a particular body part—that is, after you work your legs with a strength exercise, do the stretch exercise immediately after it. On the other four days of the week, you can do 5- to 10-minute post-walking, total-body stretches (you should be walking 30 minutes every day).

Here are examples of some types of exercises that should be part of your 20-minute workout:
  1. Monday, do push-ups to strengthen your chest.
  2. Wednesday, do crunches to strengthen your abs.
  3. Friday, do lunges to build strength needed for better balance.
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